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Gary Pinkel comes to Paterno’s defense

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Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno has been criticized heavily — and justifiably — since the release of the Freeh report last Thursday.

But you can almost always count on a coach to come to the defense of another.

When asked to comment on the Penn State situation during SEC media days, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel came about as close as anyone to defending Paterno since Mike Krzyzewski

“You can’t take away the greatness of this man,” Pinkel said about Paterno. “He was a great man. And however you analyze this, you can’t erase all that this guy has done. You can’t do that. Nobody can do that.”

People are trying. There continues to be mounting pressure to remove a majority, if not all, evidence of Paterno and his image from the university’s campus. The still-standing statue of Paterno has come under the most heat, sparking a fly-over protest as recently as Tuesday. Penn State said it plans to make a decision on whether to keep the statue or not within the next week or so.

A student group running Paternoville outside Beaver Statdium has already changed its name to Nittanyville, and two other connections to Paterno outside PSU have been softened at Brown University and Nike.

All as a result of the Freeh report. As the face of an institution, Paterno’s received most of blame for the Sandusky scandal even though the Freeh investigation blasted high-ranking university officials as well.

And, adding to Paterno’s hindsight comments last fall, Pinkel thinks the scrutiny placed on Paterno isn’t fair.

“I’m sure he would maybe, if he did it over again, he’d follow up a few things,” Pinkel said. “But don’t take away all this guy did, and sit around blaming him for all this.”

Direct words, but remember, coaches generally stick up for coaches — especially when the one they’re defending isn’t around to do it themselves.

(Quotes courtesy of Kansas City Star)

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59 Responses to “Gary Pinkel comes to Paterno’s defense”
  1. bigbuckeye76 says: Jul 18, 2012 8:36 AM

    Another pathetic commentary of the football culture of this country.

    Paterno was a great man?

    Paterno won some football games which in our society makes him a “great man.”

    Meanwhile for decades, he enabled a MONSTER to rape children in his facilty.

    He is no great man….he is/was a SCUMBAG.

    This is the very reason that PSU needs the death penalty…if only to try and get these PSU/Paterno supporters perspective that they are sorely missing.

    Pinkel, you are an idiot.

  2. herbiecane says: Jul 18, 2012 8:39 AM

    “you can’t take away the greatness of this man.”

    wtf???

    Sure you can, Gary. Paterno took it away himself!
    Character is who you are. Reputation is who everyone else thinks you are.
    Might be time to give Pinkell another breathalyzer….

  3. mhalt99 says: Jul 18, 2012 9:08 AM

    Gary Pinkel said, Aligators is so honry ’cause they got so many teeth and no tooth brush.

    (to translate for Penn State fans: he really couldn’t have said anything more nonsensical)

  4. stoutfiles says: Jul 18, 2012 9:10 AM

    No surprise that a fellow football coach thinks he’s spectacular. They all seem to think that football trumps everything. The same logic applies to Matt Millen’s skewed opinions as a football player/GM.

    Paterno’s legacy is harboring a child molestor. It will always be that from now on. All the wins mean nothing because football is insignificant to child molestation. He gave Sandusky free reign of the campus with young boys so he could coach more football without a media storm. What a sick f***.

    Paterno is not a great man. He is the exact opposite. That is his legacy.

  5. astep1534 says: Jul 18, 2012 9:18 AM

    Tragic response from a another “ego-maniacal coach”…I thought great men had character defined by doing what is right even when no one is watching. What happened at Sicko State is beyond shameful and Paterno’s legacy is that of an enabling sociopathic pedophile and too bad he can not speak from the grave he certainly had all the time and access to media when he was alive. That same “greatness” was taught to that coward red-headed coach who feared JoPa and his “greatness”…and this guy (pinkel) is coaching and leading young men…what does that say for the Mizzu board who hired this sick minded person…Oh I forgot…if you win by breaking the rules, cheating, lying, getting arrested, and scamming the system, you are great.

  6. overratedgators says: Jul 18, 2012 9:21 AM

    TEAR DOWN THE PINKEL STATUE!!! (Oh wait…)

  7. santolonius says: Jul 18, 2012 9:29 AM

    maybe my standards for greatness are too high, but i think that a truly “great” man wouldn’t have let his buddy rape children in the team shower.

  8. AlohaMrHand says: Jul 18, 2012 9:31 AM

    You know there are still people out there who still defend OJ too.People really surprise you huh?

  9. charlescub80 says: Jul 18, 2012 9:31 AM

    It’s a sickness.

  10. joewilliesshnoz says: Jul 18, 2012 9:36 AM

    Sounds like one scumbag supporting another scumbag .

  11. joepa400 says: Jul 18, 2012 9:41 AM

    By most of your comments they should have saved you people a cot beside Jerry. What a bunch of low life’s!

  12. tomtravis76 says: Jul 18, 2012 9:43 AM

    Paterno didn’t make a mistake, he made a thought out decision. When you make this type of decision you become part of the crime. Joe Paterno is a criminal. You don’t go through life remembering the good things the worst people did. Did Hitler do good for some people, what about Tim McVeigh, Bin Laden, think of any awful human throughout time and someone will say they did good, but the criminal acts are what makes their legacy. Paterno is an awful human for being apart of a criminal act that raped boys. There is nothing good about Paterno. If he was okay with protecting a child rapist, what other crminal acts did he involve in with PSU?

    The Paterno name is mud. Paterno = Coward. Don’t be such a Paterno.

  13. mhalt99 says: Jul 18, 2012 9:48 AM

    joepa400 says: By most of your comments they should have saved you people a cot beside Jerry. What a bunch of low life’s!

    Wow…..just wow. I don’t think better words can sum up what is wrong with Penn State and its supporters better than that comment right there. Do you understand what you are implying?

  14. geo1113 says: Jul 18, 2012 10:00 AM

    joepa400 says:
    Jul 18, 2012 9:41 AM
    By most of your comments they should have saved you people a cot beside Jerry. What a bunch of low life’s!

    ———————

    So you think people who make comments that Paterno is not great, an awful human being, or a criminal should be raped. So much for the healing starting at Penn State.

  15. steeler1nation says: Jul 18, 2012 10:02 AM

    I hope Gary didn’t drive to the SEC media days event — sounds as if he was drunk again.

  16. wvucolumbus says: Jul 18, 2012 10:04 AM

    I truly think it’s most appropriate to refrain from making any comments that even remotely defend Coach Paterno at this time. To do so lacks elaborate, or even passing, thought for the respect of the young men who were directly harmed by the active, not passive, conspiracy by Paterno in an effort to preserve Penn State University.

  17. steeler1nation says: Jul 18, 2012 10:10 AM

    “The ‘Joe’ being referred to throughout that BS Freeh Report is not Joe Paterno. It’s obviously a different Joe.”
    - Paterno family

  18. thepancreas says: Jul 18, 2012 10:12 AM

    I think Pinkell may be drinking again.

    Was there booze at the SEC Media event?

    That is the only explanation I can come up with that would make Pinkel say that.

    Well, he could just be a moron.

  19. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 18, 2012 10:16 AM

    Matt Mullen is not defending paterno because he was a Gm. He’s defending he knew Paterno for 40 years and knows a different person than what is being shown now. Same as anyone would if someone you knew your whole life was accused of something contrary to everything you knew.

  20. joepa400 says: Jul 18, 2012 10:16 AM

    Bring it, I can take it. You Idiots

  21. kozbee says: Jul 18, 2012 10:20 AM

    Gary Pinkel in the past you may have sit beside JP and laughed,told a few jokes became buddys and feel you should stand up for Joe.Well imo you should sit back as all other coaches are and keep your nose out of Penn st and worry about your Missouri team.Many people have been stripped of their greatness in the past for wrong doing.If one of these children were yours would you be there in defense for mighty Joe greatness or would you want what most want to see everything Joe out of Happy Valley.In the past i always wondered why it was called Happy Valley,now i know the children made it happy.Don`t get Missouri involved Gary imo there is no love for this man in what he done.

  22. mizzouram says: Jul 18, 2012 10:23 AM

    I kind of agree with him. To just pretnd like all the good this guy has done for young men, charity, worthy causes is completely unfair and you can’t just throw it away. You should take the bad with the good no matter how bad the bad is.

  23. gfj7000 says: Jul 18, 2012 10:32 AM

    This is an AWESOME defense statement by Pinkel about 90% of Joe’s history and promotion of good sportsmanship and of premium coaching of the game. I’m sure there are many others out there like Pinkel who should be bold to speak up for Joe as he is not here to stand up on his own defense (but maybe they think that they’d lose their jobs. Apparently many of you didn’t read my statements from the other day. Yes, I read the Freeh report and haven’t changed my opinion. Most of you are throwing mud and dung at Joe as if it is Joe, Joe, Joe, Joe who is to blame for everything about this disaster. However the Freeh report is pretty clear that the majority (maybe 75%) should be placed on the Big 4 of the sports and school administration including Sandusky himself! So, most of you are ‘off your rockers’! Go back and ‘rock in your rockers’ and poke holes at the DEAD MAN and throw more mud and dung. Yes, maybe Joe was not as aggressive as he should have been to report it through alternative/additional channels, but, please don’t be the Judge, Jury, and Executioner over this DEAD MAN as I don’t think any of you are qualified! Enough said!

  24. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 18, 2012 10:48 AM

    Freeh report proved that they lied about 98. Why they lied not sure because he was not charged and therefore INNOCENT at that point. they should have reported in 2001 simple as that. End of story.

    The reasons why are up for debate-money,football,a longtime coach friend,
    Simply not wanting to deal with the reality that Sandusky was a predator.

  25. joepa400 says: Jul 18, 2012 10:49 AM

    Nice gfl7000, I’m fairly sure Gary Pinkel gives a rats ass what the rest of you Joe bashers have to say!

  26. nepaseahawk says: Jul 18, 2012 10:56 AM

    says the man whose son or relative wasnt raped by sandusky…..if the scandal touched pinkels family Im sure he wouldnt be calling paterno a “great man”

  27. kozbee says: Jul 18, 2012 11:00 AM

    Thats the thing about some Penn st fans,y`all would kiss his azz and roll-over and bark.If there wasn`t children involved then it would be different imo.

  28. Tom Poland says: Jul 18, 2012 11:10 AM

    News Flash: Pinkel isn’t really a SEC coach. Death penalty to Penn State.

  29. phillyfan21 says: Jul 18, 2012 11:23 AM

    Yes Paterno was a great coach based on his record at winning football games…. but it’s just a football game!

    This is a reminder too me as to why I don’t worship “hero’s”. Hero’s are human and therefore flawed just like the rest of us. It’s when the hero’s act and believe that they are better then the rest of us that they almost always find trouble.

    Paterno does not deserve the accolades anymore. Keep his football record but remove that statue and his name from buildings.

  30. extram5 says: Jul 18, 2012 11:57 AM

    Pinkel is an idiot and just just shutup. There is no defense for harboring a child molestor.

  31. nepaseahawk says: Jul 18, 2012 12:02 PM

    hmmmmmm….how can i day this nicely…here goes, if joe were alive i would spit in his enabling face. He deserved to die as far as im concerned. the earth is a better place with him gone.
    p.s. i grew up near state college loving penn st… looked at joe like a king my whole life…things change i guess

  32. overratedgators says: Jul 18, 2012 12:27 PM

    phillyfan21 says:
    Jul 18, 2012 11:23 AM

    … This is a reminder too me as to why I don’t worship “hero’s”. Hero’s are human and therefore flawed just like the rest of us. It’s when the hero’s act and believe that they are better then the rest of us that they almost always find trouble.

    ======================

    And this is a reminder of why I don’t worship apostrophes.

  33. phillyfan21 says: Jul 18, 2012 12:42 PM

    overratedgators – LOL!!! You got me! Now you can sleep well tonight and I will sign up for a basic english class.

  34. nepaseahawk says: Jul 18, 2012 12:49 PM

    @joepa400 it was people like you overlooking the obvious that allowed sandusky to prey on kids for 30 years. You are a complete idiot

  35. orthomarine says: Jul 18, 2012 12:50 PM

    Wonder if one of the kids was his; would he feel the same?

  36. herbiecane says: Jul 18, 2012 1:02 PM

    @gfj7000….

    No, we’re not making it out to be “joe, joe, joe, joe who is to blame for everything about this disaster”.

    That statement is absurd.
    EVERYBODY knows who violated those children. But everybody ALSO knows a man who knew about these events, had more clout than anyone in the entire state of Pennsylvania and thus was wholly qualified and empowered to put a stop to it, and CHOSE instead to look the other way.
    That would be your beloved JoePa (and, yes, that DOES supercede, override, and outweigh all the “good” that he DID do over the years. Deal with it.)
    You suggest that responsibility instead should go to the “Big Four”. Really? Four people at Penn State “bigger” than Joe Paterno? Are you off your meds?
    Was the respective AD or President bigger than Bear Bryant? John Wooden?…c’mon man.
    Spanier and Paterno get sideways with each other and it’s Spanier on his way out.
    That DOES NOT absolve Spanier, Schultz, etc. from any portion of their responsibility, not one little bit.
    But Paterno completely and utterly failed the one time his authority and stature was truly NEEDED.
    Standing up was more important than building a library, more important than landing a recruit, winning a bowl, beating Michigan, or winning a national title.
    The reason people are so pissed at Paterno in particular is: he WAS Penn State. He STOOD for things and, Penn State fan or not (I’m not), we all bought into it. He was universally admired and respected. He stood for the very things that he turned out to be lacking when it mattered most.
    So don’t tell us about “the good”. It counts, sure. But it counts the same way it’d count if Osama bin Laden helped an old lady across the street once. (and I am NOT drawing that parallel…!) Nice and all, but totally irrelevant now.

  37. nepaseahawk says: Jul 18, 2012 1:04 PM

    joe erased his own greatness. joepa400 if your kid was raped you would surely be singing a different tune. be quiet, accept truth and move on buddy… you make me want to puke

  38. gfj7000 says: Jul 18, 2012 1:36 PM

    To herbicane: as my brother graduated there in ’65 and myself who followed him come onto the coaching staff in ’66, it was amazing how he turned a medium ranked team into a high caliber team through the years and we can attest to that. There was no witnessing of any filthy wrong-doing at that time. So as for Pinkel’s testimony said, he gave a lot to the game. So, I say – go ahead and go back and sit in your ‘rockin chair’ and ‘be a couch potato’ and start reading the Freeh report again and says ‘THE BIG FOUR were mainly at fault in the cover-up, and if you AND MANY who are posting here, then their eyes & hands would STOP throwing mud and dung at Joe, but would rather start throwing eggs, beer, mud and dung at the TRUE CRIMINAL – SANDUSTKY (not mispelled) and the BIG FOUR. Sorry for opposing your opinion and others. SORRY – but JOE wasn’t Penn State – if he was, then he’d be sitting in the President’s Ivory Tower Executive Office!

  39. mike693466 says: Jul 18, 2012 1:41 PM

    IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW MANY GAMES A MAN HAS WON AS A COACH. IT IS ALL ABOUT HOW YOU LIVE LIFE AND THE THINGS YOU DO AND DON’T DO. HE KNEW ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING AT PSU AND DID NOTHING. WHAT IF THAT WAS YOUE CHILDERN WOULD YOU STILL SUPPORT PATERNO? I DON’T THINK SO. PSU SHOULD GET THE DEATH PENALTY. ALOT MORE PEOPLE KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON AND KEPT QUIET. NO HE IS NOT A GREAT MAN IF YOU THINK SO YOUR AS SICK AS HIM.

  40. joepa400 says: Jul 18, 2012 1:45 PM

    Then Puke you low life piece of scum, I only hope you choke on it. So at least i can defend myself. You scum have alot to say about a man who can say nothing. Thats the kind of predatory cowards you are. Your just like Sandusky, you prey on the weak or dead. So I could care less how you feel about what I say. So stick that in your mouth and choke on it. And if Gary Pinkle wants to do the right thing and stand up for Joe that’s his choice, you low life coward!

  41. extram5 says: Jul 18, 2012 2:14 PM

    At Penn State responsible adults deliberately hid facts about Sandusky’s sexually predatory behavior over the years and by active neglect, allowed those children to be abused. Sexually abusing a child is an unforgiveable sin. So too is looking the other way and allowing this pervert to have his way with these children. Let’s call it what it really is…child rape. The evil at Penn State ran much deeper than Jerry Sandusky. The code of silence that allowed Sandusky to continue for years rests squarely on the shoulders of Paterno and those entrusted with the integrity of Penn State. Their corruptness will now and must be paid for by Penn State, et al.

  42. extram5 says: Jul 18, 2012 2:45 PM

    Hmmm, Paterno’s legacy…try this… if you are an alum, take the diploma off the wall and hide it…if you are a student there, transfer. And for God’s sake, if you are a football commit, re-commit while you can.

    To think that the leaders at Penn St and the surrounding community allowed evil to lurk in its midst all in the name of protecting the institution and the football program is an atrocity. How these morally deficient people ever rose to the positions of power they held is astonishing in itself and that means the entire organization must be cleansed. No school is more valuable than the life of a child. Penn State, because of its inaction, is responsible for the crimes against all of the children raped by Sandusky.

  43. herbiecane says: Jul 18, 2012 3:00 PM

    @gfj7000

    Why is it amazing how he turned a mediocre team into a high caliber one? That’s been done before. Just because the guy coached until he was as old as Moses and racked up 409 doesn’t mean he invented football.
    Let’s look at another Hall of Fame coach with “good guy” on his resume. Tom Osborne coached at Nebraska 25 years and won 255 times. That’s just over TEN wins a year. Paterno averaged just under nine. (and Osborne won 3 National Championships to Paterno’s two)
    He was a good coach. A great one, in fact. But there have been plenty of great coaches. Even great ones that graduate their players. So get off it.
    What you apologists can’t seem to grasp is: THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PENN STATE FOOTBALL other than it was football that allowed this predator (Sandusky, not Paterno) to get close to these kids and it was for the sake of football (his precious program/reputation) that Paterno CHOSE (can’t overemphasize that word) to look the other way.
    This is not a football story anymore than the taking of hostages at the ’72 Olympics was about Track and Field. It’s a law and order story. Right and wrong. Good and evil. And, sadly, there are more “bad guys” then just the perpetrator himself.
    All of us who are fans of college football are hurt (a little tiny insignificant-by-comparison bit). Whether you like Penn State or hated them, you had to admire Joe Paterno. But that was then.
    Now it’s not possible.
    I wish like hell he was the guy I thought he was a year ago. But he just wasn’t. If he EVER was, he wasn’t for the last decade. And that’s tragic.
    It’s tragic because…what if he HAD done what we now know he should have? What if he had forced the issue? Taken a stand? Demanded that Spanier or Scultz call somebody with a badge or he would? (think they would have defied JOE PATERNO? On THAT??).
    What if he had shuffled up to the cameras and microphones in, say 2001, and said “I didn’t act on this three years ago because I was satisfied it had been investigated and no charges were filed (fair enough). But now (after the McCreary thing), I have to act. I’m crushed because Jerry was a friend. But I cannot, WILL not permit this sick behavior, to any degree, to continue. I will not protect this. I will not give it refuge inside Penn State.”
    What if he’d said THAT?
    Would he have lost recruits? Had (more) articles written about how he was too old? Out of touch? Would booster money have dried up? TV ratings dipped? Empty seats at Beaver Stadium?
    HELL NO! He would have affirmed every good thing we ever thought about the guy. AND he would have appeared to be in TOTAL command of his Program (the opposite of public perception since…..?).
    We wouldn’t be bickering about whether or not to tear his statue down. We’d be arguing about where to put ten more.
    But he didn’t. So we aren’t.

  44. acieu says: Jul 18, 2012 4:00 PM

    What great public relations. Why even wade into the mess? Gary you are a dumb ass?

  45. bunyanj says: Jul 18, 2012 4:58 PM

    Hard core SEC fans were not too crazy about Mizzou joining the conference to begin with. They have played an easy schedule with more soft spots (Kansas, Iowa State, Colorado, Kansas State, Baylor and Texas Tech) than they will see in the SEC. They play in a cheezy little stadium in the middle of nowhere that seats 62,000 (unless you count sitting on the rocks for a few big games). Mizzou has not won a championship of any kind in any league in football since 1969.
    That is 53 years without as much as a division title. Pretty sad.

    Now their sometimes drunken coach comes to the defense of a man who enabled the molestation of young boys.

    Mike Slive really hit a home run in getting Mizzou with TV access to Kansas City and St. Louis that are Pro Sports markets; but costing existing members millions of dollars to travel to Columbia, MO for minor sports.

    Gary Pinkel is going to have some rough road trips this season, and not just on the football field.

  46. woebegong says: Jul 18, 2012 5:42 PM

    Coach Pinkle. You will meet a truly outstanding moral coach, that always has his players best interest in mind, when GA introduces you to SEC football on the field. Joe Pa won a lot of football games, but in deciding to keep the knowledge of what was shamefully going on, he has erased all of the memory of those records, and will sadly be remember more as an contributing factor to Sandusky’s behavior than a great leader and mentor of young men on the football field. It is sad, and who knows what led him to decide to take the course he did. I think he probably just loved PSU too much and didn’t want his beloved school, to suffer such a scandal. Sadly now, after all these years, the consequences to both the coach ‘s and schools reputation, are significantly higher than it would have been, if a conspiracy to cover it all up hadn’t occurred.

  47. omniusprime says: Jul 18, 2012 6:31 PM

    Gary Pinkel is another Pedophile State pervert hugger. Makes me wonder what is Pinkel hiding at Missouri? maybe someone ought to investigate his program to make sure he’s not pulling a Paterno or a Sandusky. The smartest thing Pinkel could have said was nothing, this is truly a case where silence is golden. Now we’ll all trash Pinkel as a pedophile pervert hugger.

    Pedophile State Tear Down That Statue!

    NCAA Give pedophile State the Death Penalty!

  48. gfj7000 says: Jul 18, 2012 7:39 PM

    Herbiecane – A big better with y0ur dissertation this time around – a little ‘toned’ done in quoting history. Yes I remember Tom Osborne well in the 70s & 80s and Nebraska was always dominant every year. Yes , Joe had under 9 wins per year, but admittedly 90% of those years were always 7-8-9 and few times @ 10 wins – so, consistently for all of those years he was always up there with a high winning %, whereby other major ‘win’ coaches dip up and down with a loss – win ratio. So, instead of writing my dissertation again, I’ll only say that ‘YES’ Joe made a few errors, and many of which were shared with the BIG 4, so, most of the time, the BIG 4 covered-up the Sandusky crimes for the sake of the reputation of the university and continuing making mega-bucks of tuition $ for the university. AND, OF COURSE YES, they were not looking for the care and safety of those young boys, who were POWERLESS! But still my opinion, per the Freeh report – 80% of the blame should be placed on the BIG 4 – then Joe, if he truly knew ALL of the pedophiliac incidents that were going on there with SANDUSTKY!

  49. gundog06 says: Jul 18, 2012 7:42 PM

    I’n no PSU or Paterno fan but let’s face it. 25% of the folks writing in to pile on Paterno are truly and justifiably outraged by what they believe the report indicates about his role in this tragedy. However, the other 75% are really just rabid fans of other college football programs hoping enough “outrage” will get PSU the “Death Penalty” because they think it will give their favorite program an advantage. What’s interesting is the almost universal (to include media) acceptance of the reports conclusions about Paterno’s role. I’m no lawyer, but I have some doubts about some third party email references (supposedly Paterno never used email himself) made by folks who were not exactly on Paterno’s Christmas card list at the time (they wanted him gone). Was there more evidence in the report (I did not read the whole thing)? I can’t wait to see what these guys say under oath about Paterno when they get their day in an actual criminal court. Last note- like at most big schools, I suspect the football program at PSU probably finances all the other sports there. Will the death penalty kill those sports as well? PSU has deep pockets now, but probably won’t once the civil lawsuits start flying.

  50. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Jul 18, 2012 9:34 PM

    Gary needs to shut his pinkel-hole.

  51. customfish says: Jul 18, 2012 10:09 PM

    joepa400…. Take your keyboard and hit yourself over the head. It won’t help, but the world will be a better place.

  52. 1sportschica says: Jul 19, 2012 10:57 AM

    Really, Gary? How about we ask all the victims how they feel about your idiotic comments.

  53. herbiecane says: Jul 19, 2012 12:23 PM

    @ gfj7000-

    I just don’t think you’ll ever get it. This isn’t about wins and losses. And this isn’t about which percentage of the blame goes to this guy or that guy.
    YES- Spanier, Schultz, and Curley were in on the coverup. YES- they enabled unspeakable acts on their campus. And YES- there action/inaction is criminal and should be punished.
    But…Paterno did all that, as well. And it’s Paterno that has been held up for decades as “everything that’s right about college football”. A year ago, none of us knew who Spanier, Schultz, and Curley were. But we knew Paterno. And there’s where they backlash comes from.

    @gundog06

    Gotta take issue with your statement that “75% are really just rabid fans of other college football programs hoping enough “outrage” will get PSU the “Death Penalty” because they think it will give their favorite program an advantage”.
    I don’t think so.
    I’m a fan of another B1G school. I don’t hope PSU gets the Death Penalty. I don’t see who’s left to punish by THAT action. But I know it punishes the players, the (new) coaching staff, PSU fans, and everyone in that area who made some or all of their livliehood from that program (groundskeepers, media people, concession workers, secretaries in the football offices, trainers, etc.). And none of them had anything to do with this.
    I think the outrage is solely based on what happened to those kids. (That SHOULD outrage people, right?).
    The venom is caused by the small slice of the fan base that mobilized to defend Paterno by touting his record, his charitable activity, and suggested that this horror (specifically the role Paterno DID play in it) had to be weighed against all the nice things he did over the years.
    That is absurd.

  54. extram5 says: Jul 19, 2012 1:32 PM

    It doesn’t matter if Paterno was a saint before and after he allowed this 10 years of child rape to occur on his watch. Nothing off sets this criminal neglect. Nothing.

  55. nepaseahawk says: Jul 20, 2012 3:32 PM

    funny thing is joepa400 joe was only weak because he wasnt man enough to make a simple phone call. you are the scumbag as well as a douchebag. the big four didnt make joe not say anything to authorities….YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS WRONG….SAY BYE BYE TO THE SCUMBAGS STATUE

  56. nepaseahawk says: Jul 20, 2012 3:32 PM

    IDIOTIC FOOL!!!!!!!!!

  57. twoody50 says: Jul 22, 2012 8:16 PM

    The majority of the people bashing here wouldn’t take the time to read the Freeh report and obviously didn’t. They just joined a witch hunt. The blame goes much higher than JP…….like all the way to the current Governors office when he was Attorney General. They will go after him soon………well maybe….he isn’t dead yet.

  58. twoody50 says: Jul 22, 2012 8:19 PM

    And while they can tear down the statue, my guess is the hypocrates won’t return the millions of dollars the Paterno’s has given to the school or tear down the Library that JP built with his own money.

  59. extram5 says: Jul 22, 2012 8:31 PM

    Twoody is conveniently overlooking the fact that Paterno, in his rush for better football, allowed a child rapist to continue to rape children in the PSU football facilities. He knew his employee, Sandusky, was raping children and looked the other way.

    And Twoody wants to protect Paterno’s statue. Hey Twoody, try spending half as much time grieving for the destroyed childhoods of the dozens of innocent children victimized by Paterno’s monster.

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